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You've just bought yourself a shiny new beach buggy and entered the Dune Trials to show everyone how excellent it is. Burn across the sand hills, jump over the rocks and fire, and if you have to, shoot out the helicopters. Beat the clock and qualify for the next, harder, round.
In Beach Buggy Simulator, the player views an undulating course from side-on. The Buggy drives from left to right. The course is strewn with boulders and fires. The player must jump this obstacles otherwise the Buggy will explode. Also hindering progress are helicopters which can be shot at or avoided.
A bar at the bottom left shows progress through the level, which must be completed before the timer runs out. The player does not have limited lives, but the obstacles slow down progress and cost the player fuel. If the fuel runs out, the speed of the Buggy is reduced to a crawl. Fuel can be replenished by driving over fuel dumps scattered through the level.